On Tuesday, President Trump met with U.S. sheriffs at the White House, where they discussed crime. At some point during the listening session, Trump claimed the murder rate is at a record high.
"I'd say that in a speech and everybody was surprised because the press doesn't like to tell it like it is," Trump said in the meeting. "It wasn't to their advantage to say that. The murder rate is the highest it's been in I guess 45-47 years."
Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox told Buzzfeed News that Trump is “misunderstanding the situation.”
In between the year 2014 and 2015, there was a small spike in crime; however, that was because a record low was reached in 2014.
According to the FBI, in 2014 there were only 4.5 murders per 100,000 people in the United States.
“Basically, we’re a victim of our own success,” Fox told Buzzfeed. “If we had not brought our homicide rate down by half in 25 years we wouldn’t be saying this jump was so remarkable. For example, say you’re 300 pounds, you go on a diet and you lose 200 pounds, then you put on 10. It doesn’t mean you’re back where you were.”
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